There’s nothing left to say about this book – it’s genre-defining; it’s clearly a touchstone for many books since (I’m looking at you We Were the Mulvaneys); it’s absolutely gripping; and it’s beautifully written.
So instead of a review, I’m going to retell the story in songs. Of course, you’ll understand my sequence of choices because you’ve read the book. Note: the Flashdance inclusion is relevant for the song title only!
Small Town / John Mellencamp
God Told Me To / Paul Kelly
Band on the Run / Wings
Blue Bayou / Linda Ronstadt
Manhunt / Karen Kamon
Back on the Chain Gang / Pretenders
Framed / Ritchie Valens
25 Minutes to Go / Johnny Cash
As part of the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge, I’m comparing the Belfast summer and Melbourne winter. The results for the day I finished this book (June 18): Belfast 11°-18° and Melbourne 6°-13°.